Topsham St James produced the result of the E Division season to date beating leaders and previously unbeaten Uplyme and Lyme Regis by 36 runs.

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Topsham St James, batting first on a wicket that was offering plenty of swing and variable bounce, ground their way to 30 before Sam Skinner top edged a pull off a ball that lifted sharply.

Theo Thomson looked set before he was caught behind and then Alex Sparkes and Tom Richardson tried to push the score along a little too much when Richardson was run out for 33. That knock proved to be the highest score of the day!

Wickets then fell at regular intervals until Ben Ward and Richard Warren put together a crucial 24-run partnership to help the hosts limp to a closing total of 108. Ward finished with a splendid unbeaten 21.

The Saints took to the field post-tea knowing they would have to attack and take early wickets to put Uplyme under pressure if they were to triumph in the game.

The first wicket fell when one of the openers was well caught by Sam Skinner at short cover off the bowling of home skipper Ross Treleaven. Adrian Miller struck at the other end with Ben Ward taking a smart catch.

With Miller and the skipper creating something of a stranglehold on the Uplyme batsmen they were backed up with some athletics and energetic fielding.

Miller removed the Uplyme skipper whilst Treleaven reaped the benefit of some excellent catching as wickets fell at regular intervals, the final one falling on 72 to consign Uplyme to a 36 run defeat, their first league reversal for `15 months!

Miller finishing with miserly figures of 3-17 from ten excellent overs, whilst the skipper’s contribution was a wonderful 6-29 from twelve.

Fittingly the final wicket was taken by one of the Topsham St James youngsters with teenager Jim Shepherd getting one to turn savagely enforcing an edge that was superbly held by Richard Warren to compete an excellent afternoon’s work for the Saints.

A delighted Treleaven said: “We collectively produced a superb display in the field and that set us apart from the opposition on the day. The wicket suited our bowling and we exploited that to the best we could. I am hoping this kick starts the second half to our season.”

On Saturday the Saints travel to face a Kentisbeare side who beat tem buy four wickets in a low scoring affair at Bonfire Field in May.

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